Economics of Deforestation: The Example of Ecuador


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Economics of Deforestation: The Example of Ecuador Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Palgrave Macmillan Pages: 262 Illustrations and other contents: XV, 262 p. Language: English ISBN: 9780333731468 Categories: , ,

Tropical forests are disappearing at an unaltered pace, giving way to alternative land uses. This book gives an economic perspective on deforestation. Following a survey of different deforestation definitions, theories and empirical evidence, a case-study of Ecuador provides a versatile historical picture of factors affecting forest loss throughout different periods, regions and ecosystems. It is shown that policy and market failures alone cannot explain rapid deforestation; decision-makers follow a composite economic rationale in their continuous clearing of forests which can only be counteracted by concerted action.

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Author Biography

SVEN WUNDER studied at the Universities of Copenhagen and Oxford. He works at the Centre for Development Research, Copenhagen, as a Senior Project Researcher and is author or co-author of several books on the subject of deforestation.